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Food & Fascism

Featuring: Dr. Mark B. Cole, CSU Department of History

The Temple Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Boulevard, Beachwood, Ohio 44112

Cost: $15 (by Oct. 13—early bird deadline);
$20 (Oct. 14-20) includes cocktail ticket

5:30-6:30 pm - Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
6:30-7:30 pm - Lecture and Discussion

If recent events in Charlottesville, VA are any indicator, then “blood and soil” seems to be a favorite chant of American neo-Nazis. Come and learn more about this phrase which was popularized in 1930s Germany, not by the Führer, but by the Minister of Food and Agriculture.  Explore the links between food and fascism. If one understands how keeping the masses satiated in a particular way can serve political, social, economic, and racial goals, then it will come as no surprise that the Nazi regime was deeply invested in what Germans put into their shopping baskets, lunch pails, cooking pots, and bodies.


What Are They Fighting For?
The $15 Minimum Wage Movement

Featuring: Dr. Bill Kosteas, Chair, Department of Economics

The City Club
850 Euclid Avenue, Second Floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cost: $20 (by Nov. 10—early bird deadline); $25 (Nov. 11-15)

12:00-12:30 pm - Lunch
12:30-1:15 pm - Lecture and Discussion

In the summer of 2016, Cleveland City Council entertained a proposal for a city- wide minimum wage increase to $15 per hour, following cities like San Francisco and Seattle. In April of this year, Senator Bernie Sanders reintroduced legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15, garnering support from several Democrats. What goals do supporters of minimum wage increases hope to accomplish? How would a sudden, sharp increase in the minimum wage impact local businesses and workers? Who would benefit from a minimum wage increase? 

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